Listen While You Sew – Podcasts and playlists for makers

Our new sewing resource is all about sewing podcasts and creative playlists to listen to while you sew. Sewing can be quite a solitary craft and while it’s nice to sit in silence and enjoy the birds singing outside sometimes you need some in-ear entertainment. For those of you that love podcasts we have put together the ultimate list of sewing podcasts giving you hours of entertainment for your favourite hobby. Alongside this we have some of our other favourites from the online world. So whether you like to listen to a crime drama while you sew or get tips to help grow your creative business, we’ve got some great suggestions for you.

Current Sewing Podcasts :

Who doesn’t love to hear about the world of sewing while you’re sewing! Sewing podcasts have been springing up all over the place in the past couple of years and they are a great way to feel connected with the sewing community. Covering topics such as keeping your sewing patterns organised to interviews from your favourite sewing pattern designers, there is bound to be something you’ll love to listen to here.

  • Love to Sew Podcast – Helen and Caroline have created something truly fantastic with this podcast. Beautifully produced, thoughtful topics and inspiring interviews with your favourite sewing people, this is a must listen for sewing fanatics.
  • Stitchers Brew Podcast – Gabby and Megan sit down with a cup of tea (obvs) and chat with makers from all areas of the world of sewing. It’s like having you pals over for a cuppa..
  • Clothes Making Mavens – A discussion between three sewing pals about all things sewing. Expect topics from sewing with the flow alongside interview based podcasts.

Sewing Podcast Archives:

These are a few podcasts that don’t produce regular episodes but if you haven’t listened to them yet they are well worth going back and binging on!

  • Thread Cult – Interviews with interesting sewing pattern designers such as Sarai Mitnick of Colette Patterns, very informal and chatty.
  • Seamwork Radio –  Beautifully produced telling the story of how sewing transformed peoples lives in fascinating ways.
  • Maker Style – Rachel has a real mix of of interviews and focuses on small business, blogging and creative adventures within the sewing community.

Creative Podcasts:

Many of us have or dream of running our own creative business and there’s nothing more inspiring than hearing someone else’s story of transforming an idea into reality. For those of us that run our own company, it’s often a little bit lonely and there isn’t anyone we can ask for advice. If this resonates with you then why now check out these podcasts:

  • How I built this – one of our personal favourites, hear stories of how companies such as Airbnb, Amazon, Kate Spade and Spanx were created. Hearing how giant cooperations got started is a fascinating story.
  • Blogtacular – This is a podcast that runs alongside a creative blogging conference in the UK. These episodes deal with everything from imposter syndrome to scaling your creative business and are stuffed full of ideas.
  • Elise Gets Crafty – Brimming with advice for small one-person business owners, Elise gives advice that’s insightful, achievable and spot on.
  • Start Up – This podcast follows a small business as they launch and all the troubles that ensues. Series 1,2 & 4 are the best!
  • While She Naps – interviews with designer makers about building a creative business , with more of a quilting focus.

Feel Good Podcasts:

These are some fantastic podcasts to listen to whilst sewing; stories of people’s lives always make good listening. There are often tough topics covered in some of these podcasts but you’ll always end up feeling uplifted after you’ve finished listening.

  • Modern Love – a cult New York Times column made into a podcast with actors reading the story and a short interview with the writer. They are wonderful stories, don’t be fooled by the title.
  • Happy Place – presenter Fern Cotton interviews famous people about life, love and how they find happiness.
  • The Untold – fascinating stories of peoples lives, recorded at the point a huge change is happening in their lives and following them on their journey.
  • Love Stories – journalist Dolly Alderton interviews people about love in all it’s formats.
  • Table Manners – singer Jessie Ware and her mother invite famous people over for dinner, they sit down around a table and talk about life.
  • Desert Island Discs – I mean we couldn’t not include this! Iconic BBC4 radio show, with over 50 years of archive material to get through, music and conversation.. wonderful.

Crime Podcasts:

Rachel and I love a crime podcast… the only thing we can’t do is listen to them when it gets dark! These podcast follow stories of true crime and have all the gore you could hope for. The episodes are quite long which is great if you’ve got an afternoon of sewing planned.

  • Casefile – Each episode is a new case of a murder from the last fifty years. The guy’s voice isn’t very animated but the stories are so good you’ll forget all about it!
  • Court Junkie – We get taken through a case each episode and often they include the original recordings from the courtroom.
  • Serial – The original cult podcast, if you haven’t heard it yet listen to the first series, you’ll be blown away by this murder trial.
  • S-Town – a reporter investigates the son of a wealthy family who has allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and the unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.
  • Canadian True Crime – Canadian based crime with a new murder each episode.


While the spoken word is a calming way to sew, sometimes you need some beat to push you through the tougher makes and get that project done. We’ve created some playlists on Spotify to keep you inspired.. we got a little over excited naming these…

  • Sew Like it’s 1999  – For those of us ‘lucky’ enough to be teenagers at the end of the 90’s, this is going to fill you with Spice Girl nostalgia.
  • Rock and Sew –  Chuck Berry has your back.. you’re going to get this sewn up in no time.
  • Calm Stitching – For the tough times.. button holes, trouser fitting and when you just need to take a deep breath.
  • Sew Dance Sew – Perfect for the finishing touches, you’re on the home straight. Put your finished garment on and dance around the room.
  • Happy Stitchers – For when it’s all going good, you inserted the sleeves with ease, your waistline matches on your zip and you think you might just be able to finish it to wear it out that evening..
  • Sew Soul Music – Big voices and a whole lot of Aretha… prep yourself to sing along while you sew.
  • Disco Spools – 70s disco…because who doesn’t need some of that in their life? For the good sewing times and the bad.. this is going to make you wiggle.


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